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Taylor 110e Review – Introduction
Bob Taylor established the company Taylor Guitars on October 15, 1974. With the main factory in El Cajon, California and the second complex at Tecate, Mexico, the company has risen to insane heights over the years.
Taylor Guitars are synonymous with modern innovation and premium quality in guitar making. The Taylor Guitar 110e series (“e’ signifies EST which is the expression System Transducer) is no exception as it is a great guitar that can be played by the beginner, intermediate or advanced player.
It is a solid guitar that has good playability with outstanding flexibility. Additionally, I have to say it is a delight to play and will fit in perfectly for a studio session or stage performance.
The Taylor 110e is a versatile guitar that will fit in perfectly into any genre of music ranging from rock, contemporary, jazz and others.
In my personal Opinion, I believe the 110e is suitable strumming and flat-picking, but that doesn’t mean you can use it for finger-picking too.
Taylor 110e Review – Build Quality
The 110e is made up of suitable materials all round. For its price range, I will say I am not disappointed with the quality of materials used in its construction.
The first thing I noticed about the 110e is its handsome look and premium appeal. It features a 6-string dreadnought design and a solid Sitka Spruce top.
Sitka is great because its density makes it have high strength and elasticity ratio. Furthermore, it gives the guitar a brighter tone. The Scale of the 110e is a standard 25 ½ inches with an adjustable Truss rod for custom playability.
The Taylor 110e has a body width of 16 inches and a body depth – from the top to the back of 4 5/8 inches. The body – sound box length is 20 inches, and the 110e has a total length of 41 inches.
At the back and sides, you’ll notice there was a compromise in the materials used to save cost. A 3-layer Sapele laminate was the choice of wood. This is understandable though as the back and sides are the perfect places for any compromise to be made.
To my delight, the neck is made of mahogany which we trust as a durable wood in guitar making. Due to the smaller size of the neck width when compared to the standard neck width (1 & 11/16 inches), I observed it is a bit difficult for finger-style playing but if your hands are smaller like mine, you won’t have any problem.
The feeling I had from the narrower neck is awesome, and my finger picking was never affected in any way.
Sapele laminate is an alternative to the more expensive mahogany and it is used because of cost cut. Additionally, it is denser than mahogany which makes it produce a crisper and brighter sound.
The purpose of using a layered wood is because it gives the 110e additional resilience against excess humidity.
Ebony is the employed in the fretboard and bridge of the 110e. I find this to be an excellent choice, because of its tight and dense nature, it helps in the transfer of energy from the vibrations received from the strings to the soundboard.
The 110e has a fretboard radius of 15 inches a keen look at the brace; you’ll observe an X-bracing is used which helps transfer vibration and amplifies projection. There is a total of 20 frets which is the standard.
From my experience, Ebony and Rosewood are the best bridge materials employed in guitar making.
TUSQ which is a synthetic material made to replicate bone is the choice of material for the bridge saddle, pins, and nuts. I have to say it is an excellent choice because you can tune the synthetic material to your preference.
A closer look at the fretboard inlay, you’ll notice Pearloid dots which helps enhance the appearance of the Taylor 110e. Furthermore, the 110e is finished with a varnish gloss which brings out the natural look of the guitar and also helps protect it.
The Soundhole Rosette is made up of plastics, and the Headstock overlay is made up of Indian Rosewood. The Tuning machine is enclosed and die-cast chrome plated.
Taylor 110e Review – Sound Quality
The sound quality produced from the Taylor 110e is excellent when I tried it out. It produced a great response on light playing and the sound increased without distortion in the bass, mid and treble balance on hard playing.
The Taylor 110e produced higher sound velocity and brighter response, and this is due to the Sitka Solid Spruce top with Sapele laminated sides and back. The sound quality was not short of my expectation of the Taylor brands.
The bass of the 110e was also sacrificed for better sound projection. So, if you see the need to get a guitar with a fuller bass sound, you’ll have to look at another option with a solid Rosewood back and sides.
The 110e features the Taylor ES-T, which is a single source transducer that helps amplifies its sound quality. Inside the ES-T is an onboard preamp which acts as a control. There is also a custom-voiced EQ with dynamic response and a 9-volt battery which has a battery life LED power indicator that powers the system of the EQ.
Inside the soundhole, you’ll find the phase switch ( the component of the inbuilt pickup) for feedback control which is located on the preamp board. You can play the 110e plugged in or unplugged as you deem fit.
I have to say I was impressed in which the action of the Taylor 110e acoustic guitar was set out of the box even if it was a midrange guitar.
Taylor 110e Review – Pros and Cons
- The 110e is one of the cheapest ways to get a feel of the Taylor guitar.
- It produces great sounds that cut across the board, with clear treble and strong bass
- It is fun to play
- It is flexible and can be used in various genres.
- The Solid Sitka Spruce Top gives it a brighter tone
- A Taylor branded gig bag is included in the package.
- It has great pickup and quality preamp.
- The Tonal Quality is not on par with higher-end Taylor series
- The Finish is ok, but an improvement was made on the Taylor 200 series.
- The 110e is not entirely composed of solid wood because of its layered laminate back and sides.
- It is slightly weak for a slide guitar.
Taylor 110e Review – Editor’s Rating
Body & Neck: 9/10
The Body and Neck of the Taylor 110e are made of quality materials with exception to the back and sides which were compromised.
The sound produced is great without distortion, but the bass could be better.
Taylor brands are known for quality and premium materials, and the Taylor 110e is no exception in its hardware departments.
The Taylor guitar 110e is a great guitar for beginners, intermediate and advanced users. It offers great value for money.
Without mincing words, the Taylor guitar is one of the top guitars I have played in its price range. You get to experience and feel the Taylor tone without breaking the bank.
The guitar is crafted with quality and premium materials that will last you for a long time. The sound quality is not compromised as accurate, and quality sounds are produced from this guitar.
Its flexibility is a selling point for any genre of music so you won’t go wrong picking the Taylor 110e guitar. With a personal rating of 4.5/5 rating, the Taylor 110e is an excellent choice that has great playability, and I recommend it.
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